A Few Things You Need To Know About Living In New York
by MOLLY YOUNG
Living in New York? Me too. Here is a pocket list of information that may aid you in your quest to take a bite out of the big apple.
Things you will spend money on
Things you won't spend money on
Things you will accumulate
Things you will not have inside your apartment
A kitchen counter
Subway etiquette #1
Don't trim your nails on the subway.
Social warning #1
Low-income smokers in New York spend 25 percent of their income on cigarettes. Try to quit smoking.
Why are you taking a cab? The subway is faster and cheaper.
But okay. The main thing to remember with cabs is this: after you hail your cab, be sure to climb inside before directing the driver to your destination, especially if you are going to a different borough. If you stand outside and meekly suggest your outer-borough destination, the driver will simply shake his head and drive off.
This is crazy. You're a paying customer! You should not need to audition for a cab. It is also unlawful: drivers can be fined $500 for refusing to ferry customers from one part of the city to another part of the city. So get in the cab first and then tell the driver where you want to go.
Do not undertip.
Common sights you will see
Bottle filled with pee
Mysteriously tiny drug bag (why is it so small?)
Social warning #2
Melodrama wrapped in sophistication is still melodrama.
Social warning #3
Your crackpot radar needs to grow exquisitely refined. This applies to strangers, obviously, but it also applies to acquaintances. Living in any large city means that your social circle grows exponentially, which in turn brings about a statistical increase in the likelihood of encountering iffy types.
Don’t be ridiculous. Unless you are pulling in more than 500K after taxes, you do not have $10 to spend on a bottle of juice.
Subway etiquette #2
SCENE: A man leans against a subway pole on a crowded 2 train at 4 p.m.
Woman: This pole isn’t for you to lean on. It’s for people to hold on to.
Man: Is there a sign that says that? You see a sign?
Woman: I don’t HAVE to. It’s a crowded train. Stand up like a man.
Man: Woman, don’t loud-talk me.
Woman: YOU ARE A WEAK MAN. I CAN SEE IT.
God, don't let this happen to you. Avoid leaning on the pole.
Subway etiquette #3
Situation: A train pulls into the station. It is packed except for one car, which is curiously empty. Do not board the empty car. It is empty because something truly terrible has happened there.
Social warning #4
Learn to say "no".
Coming soon: Part II.